|Publication number||US7384626 B2|
|Application number||US 11/216,728|
|Publication date||Jun 10, 2008|
|Filing date||Aug 31, 2005|
|Priority date||Aug 31, 2004|
|Also published as||US20070014754, WO2006135406A2, WO2006135406A3|
|Publication number||11216728, 216728, US 7384626 B2, US 7384626B2, US-B2-7384626, US7384626 B2, US7384626B2|
|Inventors||Raymond P. Denkewicz, Jr., Arjan Giaya, Yoojeong Kim, Lawino Kagumba, Fengying Shi|
|Original Assignee||Triton Systems, Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (17), Non-Patent Citations (17), Referenced by (1), Classifications (13), Legal Events (6)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application claims the benefit of and priority to U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 60/606,077, filed Aug. 31, 2004 the contents of which are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety.
The United States government may have certain rights to this invention pursuant to Grant Nos. W9132T-04-C-0007 from the United States Army and Contract No. W911SR-04-C-0098 from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
The threat of biological and chemical warfare has grown considerably in recent times. Numerous countries are capable of developing deadly biological and chemical weapons. Some potent biological warfare agents include the following: bacteria such as Bacillus anthracis (anthrax) and Yersinia pestis (plague); viruses such as variola virus (small pox) and flaviviruses (hemorrhagic fevers); and toxins such as botulinum toxins and saxitoxin. Some potent chemical warfare agents include: blister or vesicant agents such as mustard agents; nerve agents such as methylphosphonothiolate (VX); lung damaging or choking agents such as phosgene (CG); cyanogen agents such as hydrogen cyanide; incapacitants such as 3-quinuclidinyl benzilate; riot control agents such as CS (malonitrile); smokes such as zinc chloride smokes; and some herbicides such as 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxy acetic acid).
All of the above agents, as well as numerous other biological and chemical agents, pose a significant risk to private citizens as well as to military personnel. For example, vesicant agents burn and blister the skin or any other part of the body they contact, including eyes, mucus membranes, lungs, and skin. Nerve agents are particularly toxic and are generally colorless, odorless, and readily absorbed through the lungs, eyes, skin, and intestinal track. Even a brief exposure can be fatal and death can occur in as quickly as 1 to 10 minutes. Biological agents such as anthrax are easily disseminated as aerosols and thus have the ability to inflict a large number of casualties over a wide area with minimal logistical requirements. Many biological agents are highly stable and thus can persist for long periods of time in soil or food.
There are currently two general types of decontamination methods for biological agents: chemical disinfection and physical decontamination. Chemical disinfectants, such as hypochlorite solutions, are useful but are corrosive to most metals and fabrics, as well as to human skin. Physical decontamination, on the other hand, usually involves dry heat up to 160° C. for 2 hours, or steam or super-heated steam for about 20 minutes. Sometimes UV light can be used effectively, but it is difficult to develop and standardize for practical use.
These methods have many drawbacks. The use of chemical disinfectants can be harmful to personnel and equipment due to the corrosiveness and toxicity of the disinfectants. Furthermore, chemical disinfectants result in large quantities of effluent which must be disposed of in an environmentally sound manner. Physical decontamination methods are lacking because they require large expenditures of energy. Both chemical and physical methods are difficult to use directly at the contaminated site due to bulky equipment and/or large quantities of liquids which must be transported to the site. Finally, while a particular decontamination or disinfection method may be suitable for biological decontamination, it is generally not effective against chemical agents. There is a need for decontamination compounds which are effective against a wide variety of both chemical and biological agents, have low energy requirements, are easily transportable, do not harm skin or equipment, and employ small amounts of liquids with minimal or no effluent. Such decontamination compounds may be useful in both military and commercial arenas such as first responders and the HVAC industry.
Because of the unique architecture of dendrimers, they have been investigated for a wide variety of applications, such as gene delivery vesicles, Tang, et al., Bioconjugate Chem., 7 at 703-714 (1996); Kukowska-Latallo, et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 93 at 4897-4902 (1996), catalysts, Zeng, F. Z., S. C. Chem. Rev., 97 at 1681 (1997); Newkome, et al., Chem. Rev., 99 at 1689-1746 (1999), drug delivery carriers, Liu, M.; Frechet, J. M., J. Proc. Am. Chem. Soc. Polym. Mater. Sci. Engr., 80 at 167 (1999); Uhrich, K., TRIP, 5 at 388-393 (1997); Liu, H.; Uhrich, K. Proc, Am. Chem. Soc. Div. Polym. Chem., 38 at 1226 (1997), chromatography stationary phases, Matthews, et al., Prog. Polym. Sci., 23 at 1-56 (1998), boron neutron capture therapy agents, Newkome, et al., Dendritic Macromolecules: Concepts, Syntheses, Perspectives; VCH: Weinheim, Germany (1996); Newkome, G. R., Advances in Dendritic Macromolecules; JAI Press: Greenwich, Conn., Vol. 2 (1995),\; and magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents, Tomalia, D. A. Adv. Mater., 6 at 529-539 (1994), all of which are herein incorporated by reference. Some examples of commercially available hyperbranched polymers include hyperbranched polyethylene imine (PEI) and Hybranes® (www.hybrane.com (DSM)).
Chen et. al., Biomacromolecules (2000) vol. 1, pp 473-480 disclose the synthesis of quaternary ammonium functionalized poly(propyleneimine) dendrimers and evaluated their antibacterial properties using bioluminescence. They also disclose that bioluminescence results have confirmed that dendrimer biocides with 16 quaternary ammonium groups on their surfaces are over two orders of magnitude more potent than monofunctional counterparts against gram-negative bacteria, such as Escherichia coli. These biocides are also very effective against Gram-positive bacteria such as Staphylocoecus aureus, which are usually more susceptible to antimicrobials due to their less complex structures.
Embodiments of the present invention include compositions and methods for sorbing and/or destroying dangerous substances such as chemical warfare agents, biological warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals (TICs), or toxic industrial materials (TIMs). Some embodiments of the present invention include high surface area compositions and methods for using them to trap and/or destroying dangerous substances such as chemical warfare agents, biological warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals (TICs), or toxic industrial materials (TIMs). Some embodiments of the invention include dendritic polymers, for example quaternary ammonium functionalized dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers. Other embodiments include N-Halamine functionalized dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers. Other embodiments can include any combination of quaternary ammonium functionalized dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers with N-Halamine functionalized dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers. Other embodiments can include dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers functionalized with quaternary ammonium compounds and N-halamines. Such dendritic polymers are useful for the capture and neutralization of biological warfare agents, chemical warfare agents, or other toxic materials.
It has been found that quaternary ammonium functionalized dendritic polymers and N-Halamine functionalized dendritic polymers are effective in the capture and neutralization of chemical agents, biological agents, and biologically generated toxins. Dendritic polymers can be dendrimers or hyperbranched polymers. One embodiment of the invention is a method of deactivating a toxic target agent comprising providing a composition comprising quaternary ammonium functionalized dendritic polymers and N-Halamine functionalized dendritic polymers onto a substrate, and placing the substrate in contact with a target agent selected from the group consisting of chemical agents, biological agents, and biologically generated toxins. Another embodiment of the invention is a method of treating an area contaminated with a toxic target agent comprising providing a composition comprising quaternary ammonium functionalized dendritic polymers and N-Halamine functionalized dendritic polymers to the contaminated area, wherein the toxic agent is selected from the group consisting of chemical agents, biological agents, and biologically generated toxins. Optionally the N-Halamine functionalized dendritic polymers or N-Halamine functionalized dendritic polymers and quaternary ammonium functionalized dendritic polymers are dispersed onto a substrate, and the substrate contacts the target agent. In various embodiments, the dendritic polymers may be effective in both an aqueous media and against airborne toxic agents.
Another embodiment of the invention is a composition for the trapping and deactivating a toxic target agent comprising quaternary ammonium functionalized dendritic polymers and N-Halamine functionalized dendritic polymers. Compositions of the present invention may be used to contact a toxic target agent selected from the group consisting of chemical warfare agents, biological warfare agents, biologically generated toxins, TICs and TIMs. The compositions may be effective in both an aqueous media and against airborne toxic agents.
Another embodiment of the present invention is a substance capable of reducing the effectiveness of a target toxic agent, the substance comprising quaternary ammonium functionalized dendritic polymers and N-Halamine functionalized dendritic polymers, the substance comprising an N-Halamine functionalized dendritic polymers, or the substance comprising an N-Halamine dispersed on high surface area substrates, or the substance comprising an N-Halamine in a powder or vapor form. Another embodiment of the present invention is a substrate material coated with a composition comprising quaternary ammonium functionalized dendritic polymers and N-Halamine functionalized dendritic polymers, or N-Halamine functionalized dendritic polymers. In the coating embodiments of the present invention, the substrate material may be a polymeric microsphere, a glass bead, a textile material, or another suitable material. Another embodiment of the present invention is an filter coated with a composition comprising quaternary ammonium functionalized dendritic polymers and N-Halamine functionalized dendritic polymers, a filter coated with N-halamine dendritic polymers, or a filter coated with an N-Halamine composition such as small powder particles or vapor coating of N-Halamine. Another embodiment of the present invention is a textile material coated with a composition comprising quaternary ammonium functionalized dendritic polymers and N-Halamine functionalized dendritic polymers, or a textile material coated with N-Halamine functionalized dendritic polymers, or a textile material coated with an N-Halamine composition such as small powder particles or vapor coating of N-Halamine. In the composition embodiments and methods of the present invention both hyperbranched polymers and dendrimers may be functionalized.
Advantageously, the dendritic polymers in embodiments of the present invention as well as high surface area powders and vaporized forms of deactivating agents like N-halamines and quaternary amines may be utilized as agents to trap and deactivate biological warfare agents, chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals (TICs), or toxic industrial materials (TIMs). Such high surface area trapping agents in powder, vapor, or linked to dendritic polymers may be provided to contact a toxic agent to be neutralized. Advantageously, these trapping agents may be applied or linked to an appropriate surface or substrate, such as a filter, fabrics, particles, beads, and walls. Such high surface area materials including dendritic polymers may be used to capture and neutralize (deactivate) biological (such as bacteria, viruses and spores), chemical warfare agents, and other toxic materials.
Various aspects and applications of the present invention will become apparent to the skilled artisan upon consideration of the brief description of the figures and the detailed description of the invention, which follows:
Before the present compositions and methods are described, it is to be understood that this invention is not limited to the particular processes, compositions, or methodologies described, as these may vary. It is also to be understood that the terminology used in the description is for the purpose of describing the particular versions or embodiments only, and is not intended to limit the scope of the present invention which will be limited only by the appended claims.
It must also be noted that as used herein and in the appended claims, the singular forms “a”, “an”, and “the” include plural reference unless the context clearly dictates otherwise. Thus, for example, reference to an “agent” is a reference to one or more agents and equivalents thereof known to those skilled in the art, and so forth. Unless defined otherwise, all technical and scientific terms used herein have the same meanings as commonly understood by one of ordinary skill in the art. Although any methods and materials similar or equivalent to those described herein can be used in the practice or testing of embodiments of the present invention, the preferred compositions, methods, devices, and materials are now described. All publications mentioned herein are incorporated by reference in their entirety. Nothing herein is to be construed as an admission that the invention is not entitled to antedate such disclosure by virtue of prior invention.
The terms “capturing”, “trapping”, “sorbing”, as in “adsorption” and “chemisorption” and the like refer to the physical and/or chemical attachment, adhesion, or bonding of any such toxic agent to the dendritic polymers, vapor, powdered, or substrate containing N-Halamine and or quaternary ammonium compounds described in various embodiments of the present invention. Any such term may be used interchangeably herein.
The terms “deactivate”, “deactivation”, “decontaminate”, “decontamination”, “destroy”, “destroying”, “treat”, “treating”, “neutralize” and “neutralization” and the like are to be understood as meaning to render any such toxic agent inactive, ineffective, or substantially less effective for causing harm to life or health, and particularly human life or health. Thus such (deactivation) contact is of course to be for a sufficient time and under conditions which are sufficient to produce a reaction product having less toxicity than said toxic agent. Any such term may be used interchangeably herein.
Dendritic polymers are highly branched globular macromolecules which can be subdivided into the two different categories, namely dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers. Dendrimers can be highly uniform, three-dimensional, monodisperse polymers with a tree-like, globular structure. A dendrimer is a substantially or completely symmetrical, layered macromolecule that consists of three distinct areas: the polyfunctional central core or focal point, various radial layers of repeating units (so-called generations G), and the end groups, which are also termed peripheral or terminal groups. Hyperbranched polymers represent another class of globular, highly branched macromolecules which unlike dendrimers, exhibit polydispersity and irregularity in terms of branching and structure. Hyperbranched polymers can be prepared more cost effectively than dendrimers which can be advantageous.
Dendrimers are well defined, highly branched macromolecules that emanate from a central core. Example of suitable dendrimers include polyamidoamine (“PAMAM”) dendrimers and polypropylene imine (“PPI”) dendrimers. Dendriditic architecture brings a very high number of functional groups in a compact space. Examples of dendrimers include polyamidoamine dendrimers, such as quaternary ammonium functionalized dendrimers and N-Halamine (chloramine) functionalized dendrimers.
Dendrimers can be tailored to generate uniform or discrete functionalities and possess tunable inner cavities, surface moieties, sizes, molecular weights, and solvent interactions. Dendrimers may be synthesized by a convergent approach, see Tomalia, et al., Macromolecules, 20 at 1164 (1987). Alternatively, dendrimers may also be synthesized by a divergent approach, see Tang, et al., Bioconjugate Chem., 7 at 703-714 (1996), both herein incorporated by reference.
In the divergent approach, growth of dendrimers starts from a multi-functional core. Through a series of reaction and purification steps, dendrimers grow radially outwards. At different stages of the synthesis, dendrimers are identified by generations. As the generation increases, the number of functional groups, the size of the dendrimer, and the molecular weight of the dendrimer increase. Commercially available dendrimers, such as polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers from Dendritech Inc. (Midland, Mich., USA) are synthesized by the divergent approach.
In the convergent approach, dendrons, as parts of dendrimers, are synthesized according to the divergent approach and these dendrons are then coupled to a multifunctional core. An advantage of the convergent approach is that the chemistry of each dendron can be different, and distinct functional groups can be integrated into dendrimers at precise sites. The combination of discrete numbers of functionalities in one molecule and high local densities is advantageous for applications where a high surface contact area is important.
One example of a hyperbranched polymer that may be used to link one or more quaternary amines, N-halamines, or any combination of these is Hybrane® available from DSM Hybrane. Hybrane® is a hyperbranched poly(ester amide) based on a monomer made from reacting a cyclic anhydride with diisopropanolamine. Another polyester hyperbranched polymer is Boltorn, available from Perstorp.
The functionalized dendritic polymers of the present invention may be used to treat, destroy, deactivate, render ineffective, and/or neutralize toxic agents. The use of the dendritic polymers of the present invention may be used to decontaminate an area contaminated with a biological or chemical agent. The term “dendritic polymers” refers to both dendrimers, hyperbranched polymer, or any combination of dendrimer and hyperbranched polymers. Both subsets are suitable for the compositions and methods of the present invention and either may be used to the exclusion of the other in various embodiments of the invention.
Another embodiment of the present invention is a composition comprising quaternary ammonium functionalized dendritic polymers, N-Halamine (such as chloroamine, bromoamine, iodoamine) functionalized dendritic polymers, or any combination of these. Other embodiments of the present invention are coatings and coated substrates comprising quaternary ammonium functionalized dendritic polymers and/or N-Halamine functionalized dendritic polymers.
In the several method embodiments of the present invention, the use of dendritic polymers in the capture and neutralization of toxic agents may be accomplished by a solid-state system. A solid substrate in this system may be coated with the dendritic polymers of the present invention. Alternatively, the solid substrate may be coated with a combination of quaternary ammonium and or N-Halamine functionalized dendritic polymers, quaternary ammonium and or N-Halamine powders deposited on or into the substrate, quaternary ammonium and or N-Halamine vapors deposited on or into the substrate, or any combination of these. The use of dendritic polymers, powders, or vapors of these can provides high surface functionality and matrix that can be used to coat surfaces such as filters, liners, particles, fabrics, glass, metal, wood, plastic, and concrete. Examples of fabrics that may be coated include nylon, polyester, polyethylene, polypropylene, acrylic, acetate, olefin cotton, rayon, silk, wool blends thereof and any other natural or synthetic fabrics typically used as clothing or protective gear. Examples of particles that may be coated with the dendritic polymers, powders, and vapors, include polymeric microspheres, hollow glass beads, and any other suitable material, including nanoparticles. Additionally, the dendritic polymers may be used in traditionally sorbing equipment including a packed column.
Embodiments of the present invention include compositions and methods employing quaternary ammonium functionalized dendritic polymers (QAFDs). These dendritic polymers are PAMAM (poly(amidoamine)) based or can be polypropylene imine (“PPI”) based dendritic polymers. N-Halamine functionalized dendritic polymers can also be PAMAM based. PAMAM dendrimers can be synthesized by the divergent method starting from ammonia or ehtylenediamine initiator core reagents. They can be constructed using a reiterative sequence consisting of (a) a double Michael addition of methyl acrylate to a primary amino group followed by (b) amidation of the resulting carbomethoxy intermediate with a large excess of ethylenediamine. In other embodiments one or more quaternary ammonium, N-Halamine, or any combination of these can be linked to a hyperbranched polymer via functional groups.
One embodiment of the invention is a method for deactivating a toxic target agent that can include the acts of contacting a composition comprising a dendritic polymer functionalized with one or more quaternary ammonium compounds. In other embodiments the method includes the act of deactivating a toxic target agent that can include the acts of contacting a composition comprising a dendritic polymer functionalized with one or more N-Halamine compounds. In another embodiment, the method includes the acts of deactivating a toxic target agent that can include the acts of contacting a composition comprising a dendritic polymer functionalized with a combination of one or more quaternary ammonium compounds and N-Halamine compounds. The toxic target agent may be one or more of chemical agents, biological agents, biologically generated toxins, TICs or TIMs.
One embodiment of the invention is a composition that can include aerosolized beads coated with halogenated hydantoins for deactivating biological agent. In some embodiments the size of the bead can range from about 0.1 to about 100 microns; in other embodiments where a higher contact surface area is beneficial, the beads can have a size that ranges from about 0.1 to about 30 microns or from about 0.1 to about 20 microns. In some embodiments, the hydantoin can be 1,3-dichloro-5,5-dimethylhydantoin (DCDMH)
The aerosolized beads can be made from a variety of chemically and physically compatible materials. Examples of such materials can include but are not limited to polymers like poly(styrene-co-divinylbenzene), polymethylmethacrylate, and copolymers of polystyrene and polymethylmethacrylate, borosilicate glass or combinations of these. The beads can be either hollow or solid and the beads can have a density ranging from about 0.1 to about 2.6 g/cm3.
In some embodiments the N-halamine can be made into a powdered form from an aerosol or milled powder and the aerosolized pure powder of N halamine used to neutralize aerosolized biological agents. Preferably the N-halamine is DCDMH powder having a particle size in the range of about 0.1 to about 35 microns, even more preferably from about 0.1 to about 20 microns. In some embodiments the hydantoin is vaporized and the gas or vapor form of halogenated hydantoins is used to neutralize aerosolized biological agents. Preferably the hydantoin is 1,3-dichloro-5,5-dimethylhydantoin (DCDMH).
The quaternary ammonium functional groups on the dendritic polymers can be used to provide a high concentration of positive charges that serve to “capture” the negatively charged toxic agents, such as bacterial spores. Without wishing to be bound by theory, the interactions between the functional groups and the agents are electrostatic interactions between the oppositely charged surfaces. Adhesion may also be enhanced by hydrophobic interactions between the hydrophobic-QAFD surface with the hydrophobic surface of the toxic agents, such as bacteria or spores. The QAFDs function as a capturing (adhesion) agent for the toxic agents upon contact. In another embodiment, the QAFDs function to provide antimicrobial protection against typical airborne bacteria. The QAFDs suitable for the present invention may have a molecular weight of about 10,000 to about 100,000 and may be very monodisperse (typical polydispersity may be in the range of about 1.0002 to about 1.01).
In the case of dendrimers, the molecular weight can be determined by the generation (G) of the dendrimer selected. The surface functionality and molecular weight increase with the generation. Without wishing to be bound by theory, dendrimers with generation G0-G10 (e.g., PAMAM MW 517-934,720) may be functionalized with one or more quaternary ammonium, one or more N-Halamine groups, or any combination of these. For example, amine terminated G3 PAMAM dendrimers with molecular weight of 6909 has 32 surface functional groups. With complete functionalization of G3 PAMAM dendrimer with dimethyl decyl quaternary ammonium groups, the molecular weight is 15530. Functionalization of G4 and G5 dendrimers with 64 and 128 functional groups may also be suitable.
The quaternary ammonium functionalized dendritic polymers may be any number of compositions and molecular weights. Quaternary ammonium functionalized dendritic polymers may be synthesized according to any suitable method. For example, the methods described in C. Z. Chen, N. C. Beck Tan, P. Dhurjati, T. K. van Dyk, R. A. LaRossa, S. T. Cooper, “Quaternary Ammonium Functionalized Poly(propylene imine) Dendrimers as Effective Antimicrobials: Structure-Activity Studies,” Biomacromolecules 2000 Fall; 1(3):473-80, herein incorporated by reference in its entirety, may be used to make the QAFDs of the present invention. Similar methods may be used to synthesize N-Halamine functionalized dendritic polymer as well as dendritic polymer comprising combinations of these deactivating agents.
Suitable QAFDs for embodiments of the invention may include for example dendrimers functionalized with up to 64 quaternary ammonium groups per molecule. Specific QAFDs may include dimethyldodecyl ammonium chloride functionalized poly(propyleneimine) (“PPI”) generation 3 dendrimers. Methods described herein may be used to synthesis up to generation 5 dendrimers. Although a method is described using dimethyl dodecyl amine, any number of dimethyl alkylamines (C8, C10, C14 and C16, for example) may be used.
The functionalization of dendritic polymers may consist of two steps. First, halogen (chlorine, bromine or iodine) functionality is introduced by reacting the primary amine groups of the polymer with a bifunctional chemical, such as 2-chloroethyl isocyanate, 2-bromoethyl isocyanate, or 2-iodoethyl-isocyanate. The halogen can then react with tertiary amines to form quaternary ammonium compounds.
A typical preparation procedure for a generation 3 dimethyl dodecylammonium functionalized PPI dendrimer may be described as follows. To a solution of 5.0 grams of PPI generation 3 dendrimer stripped with 500 mL of anhydrous toluene in 150 mL of anhydrous N,N-dimethylacetamide, 5.21 grams of 2-chlorethyl isocyanate may be added dropwise at room temperature. The mixture may be stirred overnight. After mixing, 50.5 g of dimethyl dodecylamine, 150 mL of N,N-dimethylacetamide, and 150 mL of toluene may be added. The solution may be slowly heated to 80° C. for 72 hours. After heating, the solution may be concentrated to ca. 100 mL. The concentrated solution may be precipitated in acetone. The mixture may be filtered and dried in vacuum at 60° C., and the product may be obtained as a yellow solid material at about 70% yield.
The N-halamine functionalized dendritic polymers can act as a neutralizing agent in the present methods and compositions. The N-halamine functionalized dendritic polymers provide a high surface functionality of N-halamine groups, which provide a temporary storage of the halogen (chlorine, bromine, or iodine) in the solid dendritic polymer matrix until its release upon contact with the biological agent. N-halamines are effective biocidal agents and are capable of regeneration after use by treatment with halogen solution.
N-halamine functionalized dendritic polymers may be functionalized in any suitable manner. The N-halamines dendritic polymers may be any number of halogenated amines including oxidizolidinones, imidizolidinones and hydantoins. The dendrimers or hyperbranched polymers may include a plurality of functional groups. The N-halamines may be chlorinated, brominated, iodinated or some combination thereof. For example, a series of U.S. patents by Worley, et al describe suitable compounds and methods. U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,490,983; 5,902,818; and 6,469,177 are herein incorporated by reference in their entirety. N-halamine functionalized dendritic polymers may be described as biocidal polymers comprising at least one cyclic N-halamine unit linked at a carbon atom wherein each N-halamine unit comprises a 4 to 7 membered ring, wherein at least 3 members of the ring are carbon, 1-3 members of the ring are a nitrogen heteroatom, and 0-1 member of the ring is an oxygen heteroatom. In the case of dendrimers, the periphery of dendrimers with generation G0-G10 may be functionalized with a variety of N-Halamine compounds by reaction of the functional groups of each compound with the appropriate moieties, such as reaction of an amine-terminated dendrimer with carboxylic acid, or thionyl chloride. Amine terminated G3 PAMAM dendrimers may be functionalized via reaction with 5-hydantoin acetyl chloride. The hydantoin-terminated dendrimers can then be chlorinated post-reaction by dipping coated substrates in aqueous solution of chlorine bleach (5.25% NaOCl). Alternatively, chlorination of the hydantion can be achieved by treating with chlorine gas in a basic solution such as sodium hydroxide. Functionalized hyperbranched polymers may be treated in a similar manner.
Hyperbranched polymers may be prepared in one-step procedures, most commonly by polycondensation of ABx monomers, as reported by Seiler, Matthias, “Dendritic Polymers—Interdisciplinary Research and Emerging Applications from Unique Structural Properties,” Chem. Eng. Technol., 25 (2002) 3, herein incorporated by reference in its entirety. Apart from polycondensation, addition polymerization of monomers that contain an initiating function and a propagating function in the same molecule as well as ring opening polymerization of cyclic latent AB2-type monomers can be applied for the synthesis of hyperbranched macromolecules. Functionalization of hyperbranched polymers is generally the same as for dendrimers, as is known by one skilled in the art.
The present systems use the dendritic polymers for both the capture and neutralization of biological and/or chemical agents. The use of the two types of functionalized dendritic polymers provides moieties for both purposes. The moieties which act to attach the toxic agent and then neutralize the agent are chemically bound to the surface of the dendritic polymers.
Coating solutions of about 1-50 wt % of the QAFD and an N-halamine dendritic polymers may be used to coat air filter substrates. The loading onto a substrate may be from about 0.5 to about 100 wt %. The capture and neutralization of biological agents (specifically Bacillus globigii) may be accomplished using substrates coated separately with each functionalized dendritic polymer. Mixtures of the two dendritic polymers may also be coated or coated as bi-layers or multiple molecular layers using the layer by layer system.
The QAFD dendritic polymers increase the capture of spores on the filter, but are not necessarily sporicidal. The N-halamine dendritic polymers are sporicidal. Coated filters containing a mixture of the QAFD and the N-halamine compound 1,3-dichloro-5,5-dimethylhydantoin (1:1 weight ratio) showed that the efficacy of the capture and subsequent neutralization of the spores on the filter was increased. Mixtures of the coatings may be applied as a single layer, or first coated with the N-halamine functionalized dendritic polymer, then with the QAF-dendritic polymer on the surface.
In the method embodiments of the present invention, a composition that includes one or more quaternary ammonium compounds, one or more H-Halamines, or any combination of these as dendrimers, powders, or vapors can be provided to a suitable substrate. The coated substrate is next placed in contact with the target agent selected from the group consisting of chemical agents, biological agents, and biologically generated toxins. A method for deactivating a liquid or vapor phase target agent comprises contacting the N-halamine functionalized dendritic polymers, powders, or vapors and or QAFDs with the toxic target agent such that the target agent contacts the N-Halamine or quaternary ammonium compound and is deactivated by them. Vapor phase target agent(s) may, for example, be solubilized in an appropriate solvent through any (known) means and the resultant solution may be passed over N-halamine dendritic polymers and QAFDs. The present invention in an additional aspect provides a method for reducing or eliminating unwanted or undesired stockpiles of a toxic chemical agent susceptible to deactivation (e.g oxidation), which comprises deactivating a toxic chemical agent by contacting the toxic chemical agent (e.g. in a confining means) with the functionalized dendritic polymers (i.e. with a deactivating amount of a halogenated resin). Such contact is of course to be for a sufficient time and under conditions which are sufficient to produce a reaction product having less toxicity than said toxic chemical agent. The confining means may be a sealed container, a chromatographic like column packed with halogenated resin, or any other suitable chamber, trap, or vessel.
The dendritic polymers may be attached to various substrates by covalent bonds or by electrostatic interactions between charged surfaces. The dendritic polymers may be attached to various substrates using a layer-by-layer technique. For example, a substrate may first be coated with a layer comprising the N-halamine functionalized dendritic polymers. The substrate may then be coated with an outer layer comprising QAFDs. In several embodiments, the dendrimers may be combined with hyperbranched polymers. The N-halamine dendritic polymers and/or the QAFDs may be optionally decorated with metals and metal oxides for improved performance. Metals include silver, copper and zinc. Metal oxides include TiO2, MgO, and CaO. The use of metals and metal oxides in the destroying biological agents have been described by Koper et al in U.S. Pat. No. 6,653,519, herein incorporated by reference. Additionally, dendritic polymers of the present invention may also by functionalized to include iodinated moieties described in U.S. Pat. No. 6,727,400, herein incorporated by reference.
The dendritic polymers may be effective against chemical agents, biological agents, and biologically generated toxins, such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and toxins. Examples of bacterium include gram positive bacterium such as B. globigii, B. cereus, and B. subtilis. The dendritic polymers may also be effective against gram negative bacterium such as E. coli and E. herbicola.
Some potent biological agents include the following: bacteria such as Bacillus anthracis (anthrax) and Yersinia pestis (plague); viruses such as variola virus (small pox) and flaviviruses (hemorrhagic fevers). Some potent chemical agents include: blister or vesicant agents such as mustard agents; nerve agents such as ethylphosphonothiolate (VX); lung damaging or choking agents such as phosgene (CG); cyanogen agents such as hydrogen cyanide; incapacitants such as 3-quinuclidinyl benzilate; riot control agents such as CS (malonitrile); smokes such as zinc chloride smokes; and some herbicides such as 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxy acetic acid). The chemical warfare agents include among other substances a variety of organophosphorus and organosulfur compounds. One commonly known chemical warfare agent is Bis-(2-chloroethyl)sulfide, also known as HD). The chemical warfare agents commonly known as G-agents are examples of highly toxic nerve agents; they include TABUN (GA), SARIN (GB), and SOMAN (GD); GD is pinacolyl methylphosphonofluoridate. The G-agents are broadly organic esters of substituted phosphoric acid.
The dendritic polymers, powders, and vapors that can include the quaternary ammonium compounds and or N-Halamines may be effective against a virus, such as a MS2 virus, or a fungus. The dendritic polymers may be effective against toxins selected from the group consisting of Aflatoxins, Botulinum toxins, Clostridium perfringens toxins, Conotoxins, Ricins, Saxitoxins, Shiga toxins, Staphylococcus aureus toxins, Tetrodotoxins, Verotoxins, Microcystins (Cyanginosin), Abrins, Cholera toxins, Tetanus toxins, Trichothecene mycotoxins, Modeccins, Volkensins, Viscum album Lectin 1, Streptococcal toxins, Pseudomonas A toxins, Diphtheria toxins, Listeria monocytogenes toxins, Bacillus anthracis toxic complexes, Francisella tularensis toxins, whooping cough pertussis toxins, Yersinia pestis toxic complexes, Yersinia enterocolytica enterotoxins, and Pasteurella toxins.
The dendritic polymers, powders, and vapors that can include the quaternary ammonium compounds and or N-Halamines may be effective against toxic industrial chemical (TICs) and toxic Industrial materials (TIMs). These can be harmful to humans exposed in an accidental or intentional (terrorism) release. TICs and TIMs can take the form of solids, liquids, gases, vapors, dusts, fumes, fibers and mists. Some of the most dangerous TIC threats include: ammonia; arsine; boron trichloride; boron trifluoride; carbon disulfide; chlorine; 2-chlorovinylarsonous acid; diborane; diethyl methylphosphonate; diisopropylaminoethyl mercaptan; diisopropylaminoethyl methylphosphonthioic acid; ethyl methylphosphonic acid; ethylene oxide; fluorine; formaldehyde; hydrogen bromide; hydrogen chloride; hydrogen cyanide; hydrogen fluoride; hydrogen sulfide; lewisite oxide; Methyphosphinic acid; nitric acid, fuming; Phosgene; phosphorus trichloride; pinacolyl methylphosphonate; sulfur dioxide; sulfuric acid; thiodiglycol; or tungsten hexafluoride.
Practice of the invention, including additional preferred aspects and embodiments thereof, will be more fully understood from the following examples and discussion, which are presented for illustration only and should not be construed as limiting the invention in any way.
Preparation of G3 PAMAM quaternary ammonium functionalized dendrimer as illustrated in
Characterization: 1H NMR in CD3OD: 3.60 ppm (—NH—CH2 CH2 —NH—CO—NH—CH2CH2—N—C10H21); 3.44 ppm (—CO—N—CH2 CH2 —N—CH2 —C9H19); 3.25 ppm (—CO—NH—CH2 CH2—N═); 3.17 ppm (NCH3 ); 2.80 ppm (═N—CH2 CH2—CONH—(CH2)2—N═); 2.60 ppm (—CO—NH—CH2 CH2 —N═); 2.38 ppm (═N—CH2 CH2 —CONH—(CH2)2—N═); 1.80 ppm (—N—CH2 CH2 C8H17); 1.30-1.39 ppm (—N—CH2CH2 C7H14 CH3); 0.89 ppm (—C9H18—CH3 ). 13C NMR in CD3OD: 175.0 and 174.5 ppm (═N—CH2CH2—CO—NH—); 160.5 ppm (—NH—CO—NH—); 65.9 ppm (—N—CH2 —C9H19); 64.0 ppm (—CO—N—CH2 CH2 —N—C10H21); 53.4 ppm (—CO—NH—CH2 CH2 —N═); 52.5 and 51.6 ppm (NCH3 ); 51.1 ppm (═N—CH2 CH2—CONH—(CH2)2—N═); 40.7 ppm (—NH—CH2 CH2 —NH—CO—NH—CH2CH2—N—C10H21); 38.6 ppm (—CO—NH—CH2 CH2—N═); 35.2 ppm (—CO—NH—CH2 CH2—N—C10H21); 34.8 ppm (═N—CH2 CH2 —CONH—(CH2)2—N═); 23.6-33.0 ppm (—N—CH2 C8H16 CH3); 14.6 ppm (—C9H18—CH3 ). The internal repeat unit of PAMAM dendrimer is symbolized by the following: (—CH2CH2—CO—NH—CH2CH2—N═).
Preparation of G3-PAMAM N-Halamine functionalized dendrimer as illustrated in
In a 100 ml round-bottomed flask equipped with a magnetic stir bar, the G3 EDA core PAMAM dendrimer was lyophilized in methanol and kept under vacuum overnight. The obtained solid dendrimer was weighed (1.0052 g, 0.1454 mmol; 4.6528 mmol of —NH2 groups) and anhydrous 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone [NMP] (20 ml) was added and mechanically agitated for 1 hour to dissolve the dendrimer. Triethylamine (1.30 ml, 0.944 g, 9.33 mmol) was added to the PAMAM in NMP solution by pipette. A 25 ml pressure-equalized addition funnel was placed on the flask, with a nitrogen inlet. The 5-hydantoin acetyl chloride was dissolved in a mixture of 13 ml anhydrous NMP and 1 ml DMSO and added to the addition funnel. The acid chloride solution was added dropwise over 90 minutes to the well-stirred solution. With each drop of acid chloride that was added to the reaction mixture, increasing amounts of precipitate appeared. After two hours of labored stirring, 10 ml water was added to the reaction mixture, which caused the precipitate to dissolve. The reaction mixture was stirred for an additional 24 hours under a nitrogen flow. The reaction mixture was dialyzed three times in water (Spectra/Por 7; MWCO 3500). The water was removed by rotary evaporation and the product was dried by lyophilization under vacuum to yield 1.84 g of solid dendrimer.
Testing Set-Up as illustrated in
Testing using aerosolized BG spores. The treated filter substrates were placed in the sample holder and the chamber tightly sealed using a metal clamp. The sporicidal efficacy was tested using Bacillus globigii spores (BG), which were obtained from the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Grounds Facilities. Stock suspensions of BG spores in phosphate buffer saline were prepared (106, 105 and 104 CFU/mL). The impingers were filled with 150 mL of 0.02 M sodium thiosulfate/phosphate buffer to sample the aerosol that passes through the filter. After 10 minutes, the filter sample was removed, placed in 25 mL of 0.02 M sodium thiosulfate/phosphate buffer solution, allowed to sit for 1-10 minutes and then vigorously shaken (using a vortex machine) for 5 minutes. Control samples were run with no filter and with uncoated filter substrates. For the neutralization experiments, excess free chlorine was quenched using the sodium thiosulfate added to the buffer prior to analysis.
Culture Based Data Analysis. Standard plating techniques were employed to analyze the samples obtained from the impingers and from the filter substrates. Four to five serial dilutions of the stock BG suspension were prepared and a volume of 0.1 mL plated onto nutrient agar. Two or three volumes (1.0 mL, 0.1 mL and 0.01 mL) of the buffer samples were plated onto nutrient agar plates. All samples were incubated at 37° C. for 24-48 hours and counting techniques were used to determine the spore concentrations reported in Colony Forming Units per mL (CFU/mL) and total spores (counts).
Testing of efficacy of capture of G3 PAMAM quaternary ammonium functionalized dendrimers coated onto MERV 8-rated air-filter substrates. Test substrates were spray coated with 5 wt % solutions in CH2Cl2/DMAC (1.6:1) of the quaternary ammonium PAMAM dendrimer (prepared in Example 1). The untreated filter was used as the control. Table 1 provides a summary of the data obtained from culture based analysis (spore counts as colony forming units (CFU)) of the tested filter substrate and samples collected from the two impingers connected in series.
Capture of BG spores using QUAT-PAMAM
Spores captured on
Reduction in spore
filter (%) b
penetration (%) c
Untreated filter (control) a
a Average of 4 runs
b (# spores on filter/total #captured) × 100]
c 100 − [(# spores on QUAT filter/# spores on control filter) × 100]
Testing of efficacy of neutralization of G3 PAMAM N-Halamine functionalized dendrimers coated onto vent air filter (Web Products) substrates. Data obtained for the filter samples treated with the N-Halamine functionalized PAMAM dendrimer (N-HAL PAMAM) is shown in Table 2.
Neutralization of BG Spores using N-Halamine
Uncoated filter (control)
N-HAL PAMAM dendrimer
a 100 − [(# spores on N-HAL filter/# spores on control) × 100]
b 100 − [(# spores on QUAT filter/# spores on control filter) × 100]
The data in Table 2 shows 99.9% neutralization of spores on the coated N-Halamine dendrimer filter, and 80% reduction in the number of viable spores that penetrated the filter compared to the control (uncoated) filter.
Testing of capture and neutralization of a blend of G3 PAMAM quaternary ammonium functionalized dendrimer and 1,3-dichloro-5,5-dimethylhydantion (DCDMH). Test substrates used were MERV 8-rated air-filter substrates, which were spray coated with solutions of the quaternary ammonium PAMAM dendrimer and DCDMH in CH2Cl2/DMAC (1.6:1). The untreated filter was used as the control. Table 3 provides a summary of the data obtained from culture-based analysis (spore counts as colony forming units (CFU)) of the tested filter substrate and samples collected from the two impingers connected in series.
Capture and Neutralization of BG Spores
using QUAT and N-Halamine-Coated Filters
Uncoated filter (control)
QUAT-PAMAM dendrimer:DCDMH (1:2)
a [#spores on filter/total #captured] × 100
b [#spores on filter/# spores on control] × 100
The data illustrates that N-Halamine based compounds are effective sporicides for BG spores. The data shows 96% neutralization of viable BG spores captured on the filters coated with a mixture of QUAT-PAMAM dendrimer and DCDMH, compared to the control (uncoated) filters. In addition, the combination of the QAFD and N-Halamine effectively reduces the number of viable spores that penetrate the filter.
Testing of the neutralization efficacy of 1,3-dichloro-5,5-dimethylhydantoin coated on a nominal size of 8 μm poly(styrene-co-divinylbenzene) beads in air. First, MS-2 virus was aerosolized in a 1 m3 chamber. Then, the dry aerosols of the poly(styrene-co-divinylbenzene) beads coated with 1,3-dichloro-5,5-dimethylhydantoin were introduced into the chamber. The live population of MS-2 virus in the chamber was reduced to 0.1% and 0.001% of the initial population after 5 min and 10 min, respectively (See Table 4).
Plaque Forming Unit Count Data for the Neutralization
of MS-2 in Air Using 1,3-dichloro-5,5-dimethylhydantoin
Coated Poly(styrene-co-divinylbenzene) beads.
2.9 × 1010
3.1 × 107
3.1 × 105
aplaque forming unit(PFU)
blog reduction = −log(PFU at time t/PFU at time 0)
Testing of the neutralization efficacy of 1,3-dichloro-5,5-dimethylhydantoin coated on a nominal size of 8 μm poly(styrene-co-divinylbenzene) beads in water. BG spores and poly(styrene-co-divinylbenzene) beads coated with 1,3-dichloro-5,5-dimethylhydantoin were mixed in phosphate buffered saline solution. The viable spore counts after a certain exposure time were shown in Table 5.
Viable Spore Count Data for the Neutralization of BG
Spores in Water Using 1,3-dichloro-5,5-dimethylhydantoin
Coated Poly(styrene-co-divinylbenzene) Beads.
1.0 × 106
acolony forming unit (CFU)
blog reduction = −log(CFU at time t/CFU at time 0)
While preferred embodiments have been described in detail, variations may be made to these embodiments without departing from the spirit or scope of the attached claims.
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